BIG3 2019 Season Preview

The BIG3 is growing! Four new teams will join the fold in 2019, expanding the league to 12 total teams. Bivouac, Enemies, Aliens, and Triplets have officially joined the BIG3.

The league is also getting younger, as they've reduced the age of eligibility to 27. Players must still have NBA or professional international basketball experience. Along with an influx of new teams, comes big names.

Naismith Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie will coach the Triplets in their inaugural season. She will be leading a team comprised of Joe Johnson, Al Jefferson, Jannero Pargo, Chris Johnson, Alan Anderson, and Sergerio Gipson.

Rick Mahorn will coach the Enemies. That team will be made up of Gilbert Arenas, Perry Jones III, Lamar Odom, Royce White, Craig Smith, and Frank Robertson.

Bivouac, led by coach Reggie Theus, will be home to Josh Smith, Will Bynum, Anthony Morrow, Shawne Williams, C.J. Leslie, and Dion Glover.

Lastly, the Aliens, who will be coached by Nate Archibald, will have Andre Owens, Shannon Brown, Brandon Rush, Greg Oden, Robert Vaden, and Ryan Hollins.

Of these teams, the Triplets and the Enemies are the most talented bunch. Still, they will have their hands full against some of the more established teams in the league.

The reigning champs, Power, led by Coach Nancy Liberman, dominated the league in 2018. They finished with a 7-1 record and a league-high +72.8 point differential. The scoring difference was powered by a potent offense and the stingiest defense in the league.

Power allowed a league-low 40.8 points per game last season. This was a huge improvement from the league-high 487 points they scored a season earlier.

Corey Magette, Cuttino Mobley, Glen Davis, Quentin Richardson, and Ryan Gomes will suit up for Power in 2019. Nancy Liberman will return to coach.

The 3 Headed Monsters also had a monster 2018. They too finished 7-1. Former league MVP Rashard Lewis will return to the team after missing most of last season with a ruptured Achilles. Reggie Evans and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will also be returning. The 3 Headed Monsters had a solid draft. They acquired Larry Sanders, Mario Chalmers, and Tre Simmons to the crew. Gary Payton will come back to coach the team.

The best teams in the league have the right combination of size and effective scoring. Corey Maggette and Cuttino Mobley can still score. Big Baby and Birdman may be the most effective big man duo in the league. Those two play with grit that's necessary in 3-on-3 basketball.

The team with the most star-power, however has to be Tri-State. How can it not be? Dr. J himself is the coach. Jermain O'Neal, Amar'e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, J-Rich, and Bonzi Wells all suit up in the red, white, and blue. Also on the team is Yakhouba Diawara. Diawaa played most of his career overseas, though he had a short stint with the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat.

The BIG3 has caught on and is an exciting, fast-growing league. It's a great way for basketball fans to get their fix in the offseason and see some of their favorite players suit up one more time.

Visit the BetUS Sportsbook all season for betting odds and futures. The season kicks off this weekend with six games being played between Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23rd. Below are some key dates to keep in mind:

Season Starts: June 22, 2019
Playoffs: August 25, 2019
Championship: September 1, 2019